Westwood second-graders give to Sharing Center

Dylan LightfootStaff writer

December 5, 2012

A busload of second-graders from Westwood Elementary arrived at the Ashe County Sharing Center Monday morning carrying bags of groceries brought from home.

Michael Sexton, ACSC’s program facilitator, received the food parcels, and explained the mission and operation of the center to his young donors.

“We serve about 515 families per month,” Sexton said, “which represents about 1,650 individuals each month.”

“We usually go through about 100 cases of (canned) vegetables each month, and 40 cases of cereal,” he said

Local churches are key supporters, Sexton said. “We have 80-plus volunteers…from all different types of churches.”

Most of ACSC’s funding comes from churches and individuals, he said. Other money comes from grants.

Holly McClure, teacher of the second graders, said “We just did this as a community service (and to) help the kids develop a sense of giving back to their community.”

Kayelin Buffington, a senior at Appalachian State and intern in McClure’s class, said she decided to organize a field trip to fulfill a community service requirement for her elementary education major. But, she said, donating food was the the children’s idea.

Sudi Denza, 7, donated canned goods and pancake syrup, and said the ACSC is “good for helping people.”